WASHINGTON -- President Obama has picked Jay Carney, a former Time magazine journalist who for the last two years served as Vice President Joe Biden's top spokesman, to serve as the new White House press secretary, sources told several Washington media outlets today.
Carney will replace Robert Gibbs, the longtime Obama spokesman who opted to go into the private sector.
Carney's elevation, which was expected, means Obama did not pick Bill Burton, a well-respected deputy press secretary from Buffalo.
Several factors likely went into Carney's selection, sources said. For one thing, the new White House chief of staff, William Daley, made it clear he favored an outsider. For another, Carney is 45, while the boyish Burton is only 33.
-- Jerry Zremski